what is a “record album” and where did the term come from?

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THE WORLD TURNS, WORDS EVOLVE. Some­times the evo­lu­tion of a word is gradual and log­ical and few no­tice the change. Some­times it hap­pens quickly—often through ig­no­rance and misuse—and the change is jar­ring. In the 21st cen­tury, a word can go through a tremen­dous up­heaval if one in­flu­en­tial person mis­uses it one time on the in­ternet.

That one in­cor­rect usage can be picked up and re­it­er­ated lit­er­ally mil­lions of time in a matter of days. READ MORE

About RIAA Gold & Platinum Record Awards

MOST OF THE INFORMATION about gold and plat­inum record awards of the Six­ties on the In­ternet is crap! That is, most of the “in­for­ma­tion” re­garding RIAA Gold and Plat­inum Records awarded to al­bums from the ’60s and early ’70s is fac­tu­ally in­cor­rect. This ap­plies to al­most every web­site: the few that aren’t in­cor­rect are often mis­leading, and this in­cludes the RI­AA’s own web­site! READ MORE

What Is a “Price Guide Guru”?

 

What Is a “Price Guide Guru”?

WHAT IN TARNATION is a Price Guide Guru? Well, it’s a nick­name that I re­ceived in one of the first fan let­ters for my first book, the 1985-1986 Rock Record Album Price Guide. That was—at least philosophically—the first of its kind: a price guide for record col­lec­tors that ac­tu­ally re­flected the re­ality of the cur­rent mar­ket­place! READ MORE

Rare Record Scarcity Index

 

Rare Record Scarcity Index

WHO IS FRANK DANIELS and what’s a Record Scarcity Index? Frank has been col­lecting records for a long time: rumor has it that he started col­lecting back when they were making one-sided 78s out of left­over Con­fed­erate cur­rency.

He is a long­time con­trib­utor to my two record col­lec­tors sites, Elvis – A Touch Of Gold and Rather Rare Records. READ MORE

On Grading Records

 

On Grading Records

THIS ARTICLE about grading records reprints the ar­ticle Grading The Records that ap­peared in the fifth edi­tion of Gold­mine’s Price Guide To Col­lectible Record Al­bums (Krause Pub­li­ca­tions, 1996). This was the last book that I au­thored for Gold­mine but this system has been used in one manner or an­other by every au­thor since.

It is not an exact reprint: I made some cor­rec­tions, added a few things, and mod­i­fied the layout for a more read­able look on the pages of a blog. READ MORE